How often have you been listening to someone’s presentation when you realize that the slides were there to aid the speaker with staying on track, not necessarily to engage the audience? If audience engagement isn’t the point of your presentation, don’t use them. Just refer to your notes as you speak, and direct the audience to the excellent printed takeaway resource you’ve prepared. Most “deaths by PowerPoint” are perpetrated by bullets, slide after slide of endless bullets.
So, what can be done? As you assemble your presentation, it is likely that the first draft of your outline and slides will also serve as speaker notes. Even if you intend to use the Notes section of your PowerPoint file, save this first draft to pull notes from. Then, with another copy, start looking at each slide, not as a speaker or a trainer, but as an audience member. Now, what can you do instead of bullets?
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